Happy Australia Day! How are you planning to celebrate the public holiday?
My wife and I are actually flying overseas today. We are off to live in Scotland for a year or two.
Well isn’t that ironic!
Yes, it is, isn’t. We’ll miss our local community and our family and friends, but we are very happy to say “see you Tony”, and we hope things will be a bit different, leadership wise, when we get back.
Karen, Main St. Warburton
It is lovely to get out of Melbourne for a weekend. Warburton feels so green and restorative. Have you lived here long?
I was working for a company in Melbourne which ran marketing campaign that started with the line “Life is too short”. I heard that slogan everyday for months and then one day I thought… you are right – so I typed out my resignation letter and moved here soon after. That was in 2004.
Happy you made the change?
Ellie, Jordan and Rhiannon, Acland Street St Kilda
Hey there – what are you shooting? With your camera and your leotards?
J: We are shooting pics for Black Milk clothing, hunting the Saint of Kilda for cool and interesting spaces.
R: This area is our go to. There are so many options, from the architecture to the cafes, the trees etc.
Do you live locally?
E: Yes, we live bay side. J: I am in South Yarra.
Enjoy the rest of the shoot, great shots (Jordan showed me a few) and I’ll be sure to check out the site.
Lou & Sebbo at the Plenary Melbourne
Nick Cave’s in the house. Everyone seems pretty happy about that.
Yeah – it is one of the only times Melbourne doesn’t eat its own.
What do you mean?
There is no ‘too cool for school’ judgement or tall poppy syndrome in the house.
Hermione – Fawkner St., St Kilda
Happy days! How has your week been?
Good. All about work really, but work is never boring!
‘Cause I am the only hetro in the village!
Hahahah! And what kind of entertainment does the village provide? Singing? Dancing?
Hells yeah – and lots of laughs!
Ben Alpass self portrait 2014
Today I am excited to bring you TENANT’s birthday interview featuring Ben Alpass, the artist and designer behind the TENANT brand artwork and a human being whose talent has been known to leave me speechless, and/or swearing.
I met Ben in 2004 when we both worked for VFX and design powerhouse Iloura. I recall feeling generally impressed… Like I had stumbled across a talent to watch, a person who made going to work more fun – and the world a better place to boot.
The past decade has confirmed my initial impressions and has also taught me that behind Ben’s distinctive locks and sartorial style, lie a great sense of humour and a loyal, noble spirit. His appetite to learn and respect of creativity, whilst continually evolving his own, is an inspiration and a delight.
His talent is obvious to all who have the good fortune to work with him, and since going out on his own in 2012, Ben has been splitting his time in Melbourne and LA working for various design-led brands including Nike, Chanel and SBS TV.